New Ford Fiesta SUV spied testing
Ford’s Fiesta-based replacement for the EcoSport SUV caught on camera for the very first time
This heavily-disguised test-mule is likely to be Ford’s replacement for the aging EcoSport SUV. It will join the Fiesta Active in the company’s compact crossover range, acting as a rival for cars like the SEAT Arona and Kia Stonic.
Ford hopes this new model will rectify the old EcoSport’s shortcomings, by offering a more spacious interior, a bigger boot and better road manners. Our spy shots also show Ford’s new compact SUV will ditch the EcoSport’s side-opening boot-lid in favour of a conventional top-hinged hatch.
Specifications for this new SUV are yet to be announced, but we expect it to feature the latest range of 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engines, along with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel and maybe even a naturally aspirated 1.1-litre petrol for the base models. A choice of either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearboxes will likely also be available.
Four-wheel drive could be offered as an option, borrowing tech from the latest EcoSport. However, as in the EcoSport, we expect it will only be available with Ford’s 1.5-litre EcoBlue turbo diesel engine and a six-speed manual transmission.
The EcoSport’s three-tier trim-level range will likely be offered, separated into Zetec, Titanium and ST-Line spec.